stands for Automated External Defibrillator
What is a Defibrillator? 
An electrical device used to counteract fibrillation of the heart muscle and restore back to a normal heartbeat by applying a brief electric shock.


Today's modern AEDs have the following in common:

How To Use
All modern AEDs are easy to use.  These AEDs will instruct you with easy to follow, step-by-step verbal instructions throughout the entire rescue process.

All modern AEDs are safe to use by virtually anyone because these are programmed to deliver a shock "only" if the patient needs it.

The decision whether the patient needs the defibrillation shock or not is made by the AED and NOT by the rescuer.  Therefore, even if the rescuer accidentally presses the shock button, the AED will not deliver the shock.

Electrode Pads
All electrode pads are single use only (disposable). 
These have a sticky gel coating that can dry out with time, that is why these have an expiration date.
Check expiration date periodically and keep a second set of electrode pads as backup.

All AEDs comes with a non-rechargeable lithium battery.  
Usually lasts 2 to 5 years in service and then it needs to be replaced.

Biphasic Waveforms
Early AEDs were Monophasic (less effective). 
All modern AEDs are Biphasic, which means, the electrical shock travels in the body from electrode pad A to pad B
and then from pad B to pad A.  All of our AEDs are Biphasic.

Types of AEDs

There are two types of AEDs:

  Escalating Energy AED:  This type of AED will automatically adjust and output (shock patient) with incremental strength of energies if needed.  These types of AEDs are more efficient.

  Non-Escalating Energy AED:  This type of AED is not capable of escalating energy shocks and it outputs only one strength of energy.




Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Chain Of Survival




(Year 1947)
Claude Beck, defibrillator


Samaritan PAD Defibrillator




Helpful AED Links

First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Courses
American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED programs are designed to give you the confidence to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life. Additional training in blood borne pathogens, oxygen administration and injury prevention can be added to CPR and First Aid training to prepare you to prevent and respond to life-threatening emergencies.

What's Public Access To Defibrillation?
Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) means making AEDs available in public and/or private places where large numbers of people gather or where people who are at high risk for heart attacks live.

Automated External Defibrillator Program
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are used to deliver an electrical shock to person(s) in cardiac arrest and have been shown to decrease mortality when used in conjunction with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Cardiac Arrest and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
To inform employers about the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), a life-saving technology, in the treatment of cardiac arrest at work.  To provide an information resource to aid in decision-making about these devices at individual worksites.





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Automated External Defibrillator
405 N.W. 10th Terrace - Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
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